Industry => Factories & Mills => Topic started by: CDP on June 12, 2011, 14:15:52

Title: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: CDP on June 12, 2011, 14:15:52
1907 to 1957 A 50 Year  Booklet
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: CDP on June 13, 2011, 18:49:41
Settle Speakman & Co.Ltd.. Queenborough ,Kent.1907 to1957
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee401/Colin_Penney/Scan-23.jpg)
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: CDP on June 13, 2011, 18:59:12
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee401/Colin_Penney/Scan1-8.jpg)
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: Sentinel S4 on June 13, 2011, 19:24:37
This is good stuff CDP. Please may we have some more? Interesting that the basic rail system still exists as one of the last major private works railways in the UK. Sentinel S4.
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: Sylvaticus on June 13, 2011, 23:27:10
While we have the map just above, I'd like to pinpoint the location of "The Hut", at least the one I knew as such. The Settle Speakman Office is clearly marked on the corner of Rushenden Road and Main Road, opposite the castle site. Immediately behind that was a long black wooden hut extending a short way down Rushenden Road. This was used for British Legion meetings and perhaps other organizations too. Can't remember how long it remained there after 1945. This is possibly "The Hut" referred to elsewhere on this forum in connection with Dr Penney's ARP duties in 1940.

Also visible on the map is a longish building at the bottom of Stanley Avenue, this was the rifle club (small bore). The Home Guard had it for the first years of WW2, my grandfather had a big wooden box with a machine gun in it. The club house was wrecked when a parachute mine exploded about 50 yards south of Stanley Avenue.
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: Stroodle on September 03, 2012, 22:48:42
I cycled over to Queenborough on Sunday for some lunch and came across this branchline, and was amazed at how much track still exists. The "loco shed" on the map above is still there and is home to a motley collection of 70's era deisel shunter locos, some wagons and a railway crane. Where the line crosses over Rushenden Road there is still a "beware of trains" road sign, implying that the line is still in use?

Looking at GE the line appears to still go all the way down to the docks, I'm tempted to go down there with a camera as judging by the development of the area I can't believe the line will be around for too much longer. There seems to be a footpath that follows the railway on the OS map.
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: DS239 on October 09, 2012, 17:35:23
Surfing the old interweb,I came across these rather nice images of the internal railway system at Queenborough.

Here's an Andrew Barclay 060DH at the wharf at the end of the line..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6608916583/in/set-72157626793773096 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6608916583/in/set-72157626793773096).. an ex-BR Class 03 060DM  loco trundling along the line out to the said wharf...http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6616219765/in/pool-1191229@N23 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6616219765/in/pool-1191229@N23).. with this one of a Hunslet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6951109174/in/set-72157626793773096 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6951109174/in/set-72157626793773096)... an English Electric: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6951109620/in/set-72157626793773096 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6951109620/in/set-72157626793773096)..a North British 040DH in the 'shed' area: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6697002705/in/set-72157626793773096/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6697002705/in/set-72157626793773096/) ...and,last but not least, this image of the works area: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6608915161/in/set-72157626793773096/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/6608915161/in/set-72157626793773096/)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: CDP on October 10, 2012, 12:34:43
Hello DS239 sounds like a diesel number.
Thanks for the pictures, a good addition to the thread, lovely shots.
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: DS239 on October 11, 2012, 22:43:29
DS239 sounds like a diesel number.

Definitely not!  :)  :)

It is still alive and well, and running on the Bluebell Railway. See: http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/pics/c.html (http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/pics/c.html)
Title: Re: Settle Speakman & Co. Ltd
Post by: Sentinel S4 on October 12, 2012, 09:06:28
I believe that a lot of the old LCDR crews called these Big 'B's' as they are almost direct copies of the B2. Just the cylinders were enlarged by about 1/2 inch...... Surtees was a great designer, Wainwright did a cool paint job though.

S4.